Make These Sparkling Crystal Earrings to Celebrate the Holidays

Beaded Christmas Earrings with Crystals

Do you still have a couple of holiday jewelry making projects left to cross off your list? Are you looking for something sparkly and fun to wear for New Year’s Eve? Our friends at Nunn Design and Fusion Beads have teamed up to bring you this beautiful Crystal Clay earring making project, just in time for the holidays.The Sabrina easy earring project works up in a flash, and those glamorous crystal chatons, these handmade beaded earrings will make you look like a million bucks.

When I first saw the Nunn Design channel beads, I thought they would be perfect for filling with strips of peyote stitch done with cylinder beads or even small seed beads. But they work so well with Crystal Clay and crystal chatons, I’m going to have to rethink what I do with my little pile of them!

If you love Crystal Clay, you’ll want to make sure that you check down at the bottom of the blog for a very cool holiday giveaway from our friends at Nunn Design!

You can find all the materials for this beautiful jewelry making project at Fusion Beads. Enjoy!

Materials:

  • Black Crystal Clay
  • 6.5x11mm Antique Silver Plated Pewter Channel Beads, 2
  • Crystal Swarovski Elements Crystal Chaton Stones, #1088 PP18, 4 packs
  • 1 pair 14mm Silver Plated Brass Metal Leverback Earrings
  • 6mm Antique Silver Plated Brass Textured Open Jump Ring, 16 gauge, 4 pieces
  • 17mm Antique Silver Plated Brass Grande Rope Textured Open Jump Ring, 13 gauge, 2 pieces

Tools:

  • Beeswax tipped toothpick or Crystal Katana
  • Wet wipes
  • Plain toothpick or head pin
  • 2 pairs of needle nose pliers

Step-by-step Instructions for the Sabrina Earrings:

Hot to make beaded earrings step 1 Pinch off two equal pea-sized balls, one of Part A (the color) and another of Part B (the hardener) of the black Crystal Clay. Knead the two equal-sized balls fully together until the clay is a consistent color and not marbled.
Hot to make beaded earrings step 2 Split the mixed Crystal Clay in half. Roll one of the halves of clay into a 1″ snake and press it into the base of the 6.5x11mm Antique Silver Plated Pewter Channel Beads. Pat the clay gently until it is flat and fully flush to the edges. If you have too much Crystal Clay, you can pinch off the excess and keep patting it down to make the surface smooth. Repeat with the other half of clay and the other channel bead. Use your wet wipes to wipe away any excess Crystal Clay that could be on the side of the metal or on your fingers.
Hot to make beaded earrings step 3 Using a beeswax toothpick, pick-up the individual Crystal Swarovski Elements crystal chaton stone and gently press each into the Crystal Clay. Continue to press chaton Stones in until complete. You have approximately 2 hours to work with the Crystal Clay, so take your time and enjoy.
Hot to make beaded earrings step 4 Use your fingers to gently press the chaton stones into the clay, making sure that all of the chaton stone points are secure and embedded fully into the clay. The Crystal Clay will harden within 2 hours and fully cure within 24.
Hot to make beaded earrings step 5 To open a jump ring, you will need to use two pairs of needle nose pliers. Position one of the pair of chain nose pliers onto a 6mm Antique Silver Plated Brass 16 gauge Textured Open Jump Ring at 9 o’clock and the other set of the chain nose pliers at 3 o’clock. The opening of the jump ring should be at 12 o’clock. To open the jump ring, pull with your left hand toward you and with your right hand pushing away. This will open the gap of the jump ring. Once the jump ring is open, thread it onto one of the 14mm Silver Plated Brass Metal Leverback Earrings. Before closing the jump ring, thread on another 6mm Antique Silver Plated Brass 16 gauge Textured Open Jump Ring. Repeat to complete the pair.
Hot to make beaded earrings step 6 Open one of the pieces of the 17mm Antique Silver Plated Brass 13 gauge Grande Rope Textured Open Jump Ring using your handy skill of opening and closing a jump ring learned in the previous step. You will need to create a big enough gap to thread on the cured 6.5x11mm Antique Silver Plated Pewter Channel Beads assembled earlier. Prior to closing the jump ring, thread the Grande Rope Textured Open Jump Ring through the 6mm Antique Silver Plated Brass 16 gauge Textured Open Jump Ring from the previous step. Repeat to complete the pair.

If you’re a fan of Crystal Clay, check out the Nunn Design Ornate Bracelet Kit, available now in the Interweave Shop! Each kit includes all the materials and findings you need to create this classic Crystal Clay bracelet. It’s the perfect holiday accessory that you can wear all year long! It also makes the perfect stocking stuffer or holiday gift. Get your Nunn Design Ornate Bracelet Kit and get your sparkle on this December!

Now, are you ready for a giveaway? Leave a comment on this blog (only one please, duplicates will be deleted) before Monday, December 16, 2013 at midnight CST, and tell us why you love to make jewelry for the holidays, and you could win a prize pack with six (6!) of these gorgeous Adjustable Ornate Ring KitsĀ  from Nunn Design! Each kit includes: Nunn Design antique silver adjustable ornate ring, Preciosa crystal chatons, black Crystal Clay, beeswax toothpick applicator, gloves, and step-by-step instructions with photo step-outs.

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Bead Happy,

Jennifer

 

 

 

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